It’s not Park City, but it’s great family fun less than an hour away. This year I have returned to a favorite activity, and I am taking my family with me. My husband and I actually met just before I was going on a trip out west to ski back in 1993 well let’s just say a while ago. Our first date was snowed out because the roads and restaurants all closed, so he took me skiing (brilliant on his part) at Perfect North the following day. After many years of enjoying, often more than one per year, ski vacations to amazing destinations out west, I got pregnant. Initially I did not think this would keep me from the slopes but by the time ski season came it became clear I would not be able to ski, even the easier hills, with child.
Now that my darling daughters are 5 and 7, I thought it was a great time to introduce them to the sport that I missed so much and find out if they would like skiing as much as I did. They loved sledding and playing in the snow, so we ventured out to Perfect North Slopes over winter break to go tubing, kind of a toe in the snow introduction to the mountain. Well they loved it and quickly became smitten with the idea of coming back to ski. Our first time out on the mountain was a Friday (Greg and I actually went out earlier in the day) afternoon and well into the night. Greg met them at the bus and announced we were going skiing and they screamed with excitement. They were at Perfect North by 4:30pm, geared up and in ski school by 5pm. Perfect North offers ski lessons every hour on the hour and this year to celebrate their 30th year a beginner lesson is included with every lift pass. Also included is snow tubing, so if you get tired or want to take a slide of a different kind you simply walk over to the tubing area, get a tube and take a slide or a few.
No matter how you price it, skiing is not a cheap activity though there are many options to choose from and if your family enjoys being active outdoors the value is great! By far the best deal is to get season passes as go often during the season. This is what our family will do next year. One of the benefits of having season passes is that you can go out for a few hours at a time and not feel like you need to stay all day (which can be exhausting for children –even if they don’t want to leave) to get your money’s worth.
It’s best to buy your passes for next season at the end of this season, before summer to get the best price. If you miss that, you can find a ski club to join and get great deals before mid-November. The longer you wait to buy your passes the less you will save. Perfect North’s website has everything you need to know and if you have questions, you can contact them by email for phone for a friendly response. And for those of you who are socially connected you can find them on facebook or twitter and they have an iPhone app.